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Artful surfaces in design practices

By Dhaval Vyas


A largely overlooked aspect of innovative design practices is how workplace surfaces play a role in supporting designers' everyday work. In this paper we introduce the idea of artful surfaces. Artful surfaces (Figure 1) are full of informative, inspirational and creative artefacts that help designers accomplish their everyday design practices. The way these surfaces are created and used could provide information about how designers work. We identify four types of artful surfaces: personal, shared, project-specific and live surfaces; and describe them using examples

Topics: Design practice, Ethnography, Artful surface, Artefacts
Publisher: ACM
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1145/1520340.1520388
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